Xena returns to her home village of Amphipolis in the hopes of atoning for past sins when she saves the small village of Potidaea from being raided by the warlord Draco. Her actions catch the attention of a young girl named Gabrielle, who follows Xena in the hopes of finding a life of adventure as Xena's sidekick.moreless
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Chakram Count: 2
1) Xena throws it to disarm the men at the begining of the episode.
2) Xena throws it to make the Cyclops' pants fall down.
Nitpick: When Xena crosses the bridge on Argo she says "Come on, boy", however we learn later in the series that Argo is most definitely a mare, although the part of Argo is occasionally played by a male horse during stunts.
Goof: When Xena is riding on Argo, right after Gabrielle gets a lift from the traveler, her sword and Chakram switch sides between shots. In the final shot, she doesn't even have either of them on her hip.
During the Pinch, Xena tells the man he has 20 seconds, not the usual 30.
Nitpick: In real life, the pinch actually takes less than thirty seconds for a person to pass out (even to die) when the flow of blood is cut off from the brain.
Xena: (to her dead brother) Since you've been gone, I kind of lost my way. Now, I found it. I thought I could start over. But no, they don't trust me. Not even Mother. I can't blame her. She can't see into my heart. But I've got to believe that you can. And I wish you were here. It's hard to be alone.
Gabrielle: You're not alone.
Gabrielle: Lila, I'm going to join up with Xena.
Lila: (Laughing) Are you serious?!
Gabrielle: Absolutely. I'm going to be a warrior, like her.
Lila: A warrior. Gabrielle, I can beat you up.
Gabrielle: Yeah, well, you're very strong for your age. Lila, you know I'm different from everybody else in this town.
Lila: I know you're crazy.
Xena: I haven't touched the ground yet, Draco, but you have. Looks like I'll have to finish you off myself. Of course, now, maybe you're willing to make a deal.
Villager: No deal, kill him!
Xena: If I let you live, you and your army clear out of the valley by sundown. Swear it, on the head of Ares.
Draco: I swear, on the head of Ares, god of war, to be out of your valley by sundown.
Xena: Then go.
Hector: OK. We can do this one or two ways. You can let us have the girls and you can go back to those hovels you call homes, or, we can hack you all into pieces and we take the girls anyway!
Draco: Xena, how was the homecoming, did they throw you a party?
Gabrielle:Did you see the guy they want me to marry?
Xena: He looks like a gentle soul, that's rare in a man.
Gabrielle: It's not the gentle part I have a problem with, it's the dull, stupid part.
Xena: I wanted to come home. I thought maybe this time I could get it right.
Cyrene: I don't think anything will ever take away the shame and sorrow you've brought on your kinsmen.
Xena: Probably not. But I'm going to spend the rest of my life trying.
Gabrielle: Thank the Gods for dumb cyclopses!
Gabrielle: That's what friends do-- They stand by each other when there's trouble.
Xena: All right, friend.
Draco: I want you, one way or the other. We could be great together. You must know by now you can never escape your past. Xena, celebrate you dark side. Don't run away from it. Ride with me.
Xena: (To Gabrielle) You don't want to make me mad now, do you?
Xena: You know, you should find a different line of work.
Cyclops: Well, like what? I'm a blind Cyclops, for crying out loud.
Gabrielle: (talking about assassinating Xena) There's no way she would let a man close enough to do her. Well, not that kind of 'do her'.
Xena: You know I'll be sending you home in the morning.
Gabrielle: I won't stay home. I don't belong there, Xena. I'm not the little girl that my parents wanted me to be. You wouldn't understand.
Xena: It's not easy proving you're a different person.
Gabrielle: Xena, I'm not cut out for this village life. I was born to do so much more.
The theme song for Xena: Warrior Princess was a modified version of "Kaval Sviri (The Flute Plays)" from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares. In the original Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode where Xena was introduced, the original Kaval Sviri was the music used to announce Xena racing into battle.
Shooting Dates: June 25th through July 5th 1995, 8 day shoot.
Although it is never stated on screen, the original script for this episode lists Gabrielle's father's name as Herodotus and her mother's name as Hecuba.
The roles of Xena and Gabrielle were originally casted with actresses Vanessa Angel as Xena and Sunny Doench as Gabrielle. These two actresses both were hired for the parts but pulled out for personal reasons.
In the UK, the scenes where Draco kills Hector and some of the scenes with Gabrielle and the cyclops were never aired and instead were censored for being too violent.
This episode marks the first appearance of Willa O'Neill (Lila, Gabrielle's sister), Jay Laga'aia (Draco) and Darien Takle (Cyrene, Xena's mother).
The Campfire scene was originally longer in length, but cut out. It has Xena at her campfire lamenting the loss of her cook, the only reference to her missing her old life with her army. They had Gabrielle convince Xena to bring her along because she can cook, but they rewrote the ending. They wanted to end with the two characters building a personal connection, rather than make it a joke.
This episode's script number is 101.
Rob Tapert, Executive Producer and co-creator of Xena, has a small cameo in this episode. He is one of the Amphipolis villagers Xena and Draco walk on during their battle. He is the one wearing the turban that Xena spins on. Rob Tapert said he appeared in the show because filming was running late and they had sent the extras home, so he and a number of others in production made cameos.
No Disclaimer (Note: They begin with "Cradle of Hope")
The originally the episode ended with the camp fire scene, not with the women walking beside Argo the next day.
Renee O'Connor is credited as "Also Starring' at the beginning of Act One, but before the episode guest credits roll. Beginning in Season 2, she is listed in the opening credits.
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